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    K-Lite has been around a few years now... updates?

    Naoki- yellowing for me started on the oldest leaves, (which is why at first didn't think about it) and within the leaf you could see the yellowing progress from the apex to the base. The leaf would then dry up and fall. But as time went on, it was getting to where only 1 yr old leaves would do...
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    K-Lite has been around a few years now... updates?

    I gave up on K-lite, switched back to MSU. When I went back to MSU, the issues I was seeing went away. The issues where yellowing and leaf drop, mainly on my Cattleyas. I have a mixed collection, including a few Paphs and Phrags. I grow the vast majority of the potted plants in inorganic...
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    Cleisocentron merrillianum

    Do you have gokusingii as well? It is very similar but seems to bloom a bit easier. I killed my first merrillianum, but think I have it figured out now. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Renee
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    Dendrobium moniliforme

    I too find these very easy to grow, I have 12 different ones. Each has been divided and one piece grows mounted, one piece grows potted. The major bloom time is in the spring, with periodic flushes through summer. I give mine my typical Cattleya culture. But withhold fertilizer during...
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    Need a snake repellent

    Yes it is a black racer. And I know he isn't venomous, but I don't want him on my benches while I am there. I know he hangs out in the concrete blocks my water barrel sits on, that I can deal with, because I don't reach in there. As for noise, I'm not quiet out there, but I'll try being...
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    Need a snake repellent

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a snake repellent that actually works? I'm tired of going out to pick up one of my orchids only to be startled by a black snake slithering along the bench. Just happened again a couple minutes ago. And the snake has the audacity to look at me like I'm doing...
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    Gongora grossa

    Migrant - this is one of the few plants I have left in CHC. My other Gongoras are in clay chips, and this will be repotted into that as well, once it is done blooming. The basket :o umm its a CD case. They were on sale for a dollar so I figured I would see if they worked. It's been probably 4...
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    Help with Bulb. ID please

    Thanks Rick, it looked like the pictures I've seen of macranthum, but its nice to have it confirmed. Yes, a clove smell, although it isn't very strong, I have to get in close to smell it.
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    Gongora grossa

    Thanks guys. Rick - it has a distinctive, very strong scent, but I don't find it pleasant. It reminds me of a high school chemical lab. But you can smell it all around the whole backyard.
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    Gongora grossa

    I've had this plant for a while now, it's been divided a few times, but I haven't done so recently, and it hasn't been repotted in a couple years either. I'm pretty proud of this one. Picture quality isn't real good, but I think you can see well enough. It started blooming back in mid...
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    Help with Bulb. ID please

    Returned home last night to find two of the buds open. These are the best pictures I was able to get today, front, back and side views. Thanks for any opinions! Renee
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    Help with Bulb. ID please

    Thanks Rick. It may be macranthum, or at least I received it labeled as macranthum. I'll post a pic when the buds open. Again thank you Renee
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    Help with Bulb. ID please

    I've lost the tag for this one, but hoping someone can help me ID it? You can see the buds in the picture, and they bloom on extremely short spikes. Also the pseudobulbs are pretty distinctive. Any ideas? Thanks, Renee
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    RO question

    Thanks Ray, I will try that. Or learn to live with it. Dodidoki, I'm relatively positive the TDS meter is correct, as I test it regularly against known concentrations. AlToronto, no, we don't have that problem. The house is on a water softener. I can't put the RO system on it without some...
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    RO question

    Hello, I have set up a 5 stage RO system to get me through the dry months. Basically I have it so it doesn't go all the time, just when my water barrel gets below a certain level. The problem is it doesn't seem to be able to get below 90 TDS. Total gallons so far are about 2000. I don't think...
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    Phrag temp tolerances

    Thanks again for the advice everyone. Renee
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    Phrag temp tolerances

    Thank you everyone. And I do grow outside, and yes water collects in the leaves. Most of my plants can stay outside year round, but some do have to come in for winter at various night temps, so I was wondering where these would fall in the grouping. Renee
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    Phrag temp tolerances

    I recently received two Phrags hybrids from a friend (Thank You), they are Appalaichan Sunset and Mem. Dick Clements. These are my first two I've ever tried, so I need some advice please. Can anyone recommend minimum winter temps please? Thanks, Renee
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    TDS numbers

    I do have to say its pretty amazing what was to me, very little difference in amount of fertilizer, the difference in the the plants are behaving. In the last month, the 15 Catt alliance plants that have bloomed, not one them is showing any of that nasty reddish color and premature leaf drop...
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    TDS numbers

    Ok, but when I was using 3.5 tsp per 20 l, I was seeing issues. I increased it by 1/2 a teaspoon for 20 l (as recommended on here) and another fertilizing or so a week (as recommended on here), and its too much? What am I missing? Since I have increased I'm not seeing issues at all. As for...
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